MEMBER for Shellharbour Anna Watson has called for a consensus on the naming of the new train station.
Next week the proposed name Shellharbour Junction will be the third name to go to the Geographical Names Board (GNB) for consideration. Flinders and Shell Cove have been knocked back. The board are yet to reveal there decision on Shellharbour Junction.
However, Ms Watson said Shellharbour Junction could also be in breach of its own guidelines.
“Over the weekend I have been stopped by people in the street saying that the proposed new name for the station as Shellharbour Junction was just a joke,” she said.
“Local commuters are saying ‘if this proposed name is approved they’ll just refer to the new station as Petticoat Junction’.
“This is now simply an embarrassing debacle by the State Government, which was warned at the time of the original announcement by the Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, that ‘Shell Cove’ did not meet the GNB guidelines.
Ms Watson said that the GNB’s own guidelines stated, “Long and clumsily-constructed names and names composed of two or more words should be avoided.”
“We are now at the business end of naming this new piece of infrastructure and it should be taken more seriously,” Ms Watson said.
“I will be asking Mr Ward and the Council to join with me in lodging a joint submission to put to the GNB when it finally considers its position.
“I hope that we can all develop a consensus on this issue”, Ms Watson said.
Ms Watson suggested one of three naming proposals could achieve a consensus Shellharbour City, Shellharbour Dunmore and Dunmore.